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Tomatin 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 40%
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Tomatin ranks as one of the most approachable Speysiders on the market, and that's not a euphemism for mediocrity. Their focus is on very lightly peated, clean, uncomplicated fruity malt. In short, deceptively good whisky that surprises for just how eminently drinkable it is. Historically, around eighty percent of Tomatin's output has gone into blends, including its own brands of Antiquary and Talisman. But over the last decade, the distillery has been making an effort to bolster its name as a producer of high quality single malts and expanding its core range. In 2003, Tomatin's basic 10 year old malt was replaced by the 12 year old. In 2009, a 15 Year was added to the line-up, which also includes an 18 year old and a 25 year old. More recently, this sherry-finished 12 Year Old was relaunched and is a noticeable improvement on the previous bottling. In fact, if you're looking for value money in Single Malt whisky, right now it doesn't get better than this.
As a distilling site, illicit or otherwise, Tomatin goes back to the 15th Century when drovers – men who ‘drove’ their cattle to market over high mountain passes – would fill up their whisky flasks from a still alongside the Old Laird’s House. A formal distillery for the making of fine Scotch malt was first built on the site in 1897 by the Tomatin Spey District Distillery Co Ltd, and revived in 1909 by the new Tomatin Distillers Co Ltd. A 20-year expansion programme started in the 1950s saw production rise to some 12 million litres a year by 1974, making Tomatin the largest capacity Scotch whisky distillery in the world at the time. The distillery was acquired by Japanese shareholders in 1986, who established the current Tomatin Distillery Company Limited, and launched the modern era of whisky distilling in the Monadhliath Mountains.
Tasting note: Gold straw showing some minor sediment. Lovely expressiveness to the fruity / malty / cereal nose. Develops with suggestions of leafy mulch and ginger bread in later passes. Vibrant, with cracker biscuit, vanilla and chewed straw-like flavours. Finishes more delicately with hints of honeyed cereals and oatmeal trailing off in the aftertaste. Classic "everyman's malt" that will work for any occasion. 40% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... Reverted back to a delicately sherried style, or at least shows signs of a touch of fruit....shows nothing other than good grace and no shortage of barley either.
85.5 points- Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2016
Diffordsguide Rating - 4.5/5